| Aug 20, 2014
| 6:20 AM
SAN JOSE, Calif. Californians are showing overwhelming support for one of the most hotly contested propositions on the November ballot a measure allowing the state's insurance commissioner to reject proposed health insurance rate hikes.
A new Field...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 7:39 PM
A federal grand jury is investigating Exide Technologies, the company under scrutiny for emitting high levels of harmful pollutants from its battery recycling plant in Vernon, according to a financial disclosure filed this week.
On Aug. 8, Exide...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 8:33 PM
Alisha Gutierrez, whose email address refers to her as the "tooth fairy," has spent years connecting developmentally disabled patients with specialized dental care.
But when a Santa Rosa man needed a root canal on a troubled molar earlier this year, the...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 6:50 PM
Political party leaders are funneling large amounts of cash and other resources into three key legislative contests that could decide whether Democrats will regain their supermajority in the state Senate in the November election.
The Democratic State...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 1:31 PM
Mariano-Florentino Cuellar — a Mexican immigrant and Stanford administrative law professor nominated Tuesday to the California Supreme Court — says he discovered the power of the law while living with his family on the U.S. border.
| Jun 22, 2014
| 6:16 PM
Two decades after California voters took a hard line on illegal immigration, affirmative action and bilingual education, an ascendant class of Latino lawmakers is seeking to rewrite the books and discard the polarizing laws.
Flexing its growing clout in...
| Jun 25, 2014
To the editor: The three Latino California lawmakers quoted in the article — Sens. Ricardo Lara (D-Los Angeles) and Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) — are emblematic of ethnic activists who continue...
| Jun 29, 2014
| 8:27 PM
In the Bay Area oil port city of Martinez, where a colossal Shell refinery has long tainted the air, the landmark California law that requires polluters to ease their carbon footprint seemed to some to promise new relief.
But one big move by Shell to...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 4:12 PM
Democratic lawmakers Tuesday blocked a Republican proposal to audit the state superintendent of public instruction’s oversight of the troubled Inglewood Unified School District.
Financial and management problems led the state to take over the...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 8:26 PM
Shortly after he was elected, state Assemblyman Rocky Chavez took what he said was a natural step and asked to join the California Latino Legislative Caucus. The Oceanside Republican said his request last year was at first met with silence.
| Jul 22, 2014
| 7:04 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown's choice of Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar for the California Supreme Court is likely to move the moderately conservative court leftward and result in more path-breaking rulings, legal analysts said Tuesday.